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Florence Tours & Itineraries
One of the best things about Florence is how close everything is. Most of the main tourist attractions are in walking distance. This city is compact and very warm and friendly. It is beautiful at night to talk romantic walks through its streets and sit in a café to take in the rich and distinctive culture of this incredible city.
DAY 1, FLORENCE TOUR – BARGELLO, BATTISTERO & CAMPANILE
Battistero. Start your day out visiting on of Florence’s oldest structures. The Battistero (baptistery) is believed to have been a Roman temple built for the god, Mars but many modern discoveries date the structure to have been built somewhere between the 4th-9th Centuries. Whether you’re a history and architecture buff or not, you will experience a deep appreciation for detail and time it took to build the Battistero. It is themed with the story of Jesus because of its deep Christian roots.
Campanile. The campanile is a free standing bell tower designed by Giotto. It attracts many tourist because of its original colored marble. If you’re up for a little climb and great view of the city then you can take the 414 step journey to its pinnacle. My wife and I did this and it was well worth the effort, besides after eating around the clock it helped us burn some calories.
DAY 2, FLORENCE TOUR – DUMO, GALLERIA DEGLI UFFIZI & THE DAVID
Galleria Degli Uffizi. This is Florence’s pride and joy when it comes to museums. It was Europe’s first modern museum open to the public. There is so much to see in this museum that I highly recommend either researching on the internet before visiting it or buy a museum guide upon arrival. Here you will see these great works: Battle of San Romano, the Madonna and Child with Two Angels, the Birth of Venus, the Madonna of the Goldfinch and many more. Visit in the afternoon when the crowds die down. You can also call ahead and purchase tickets so you don’t have to wait in line. This is a must when visiting Florence.
Florence, Italy: Uffizi Gallery.
The David. Probably, one of the most recognizable structures around the world resides in Florence’s, Galleria dell’ Accademia. No matter how many replica’s you’ve seen there is nothing like seeing the real thing with your own eyes. The gallery is a little difficult to find because it’s down a small street, but just look for the crowds of people. As we were walking there we snuck away and discovered a wonderful pastry shop and once again stuffed our faces with Italy’s best food.
DAY 3, FLORENCE TOURS – RELAX IN THE GIARDINO DI BOBOLI, THE GRAN CAFFE & PATRIZIA PEPE
Giardino di Boboli. Traveling and cramming so much into a day can become overwhelming and exhausting, so I recommend taking one morning to get away and relax and rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit. The Giardino di Boboli is a garden of serenity and peace. My wife and I found that this was well worth our trip. The landscape is gorgeous and the statues and sculptures in the garden are worth taking time to soak in. If you journal, sketch or paint, take your supplies with you and enjoy the atmosphere and inspiration that comes with this garden.
Gran Caffe. After visiting the Giardino di Boboli take a stroll over to the Gran Caffe’ for lunch. They are right down the street from the David and serve traditional Panini sandwiches that will hit the spot. While you’re there grab another cappuccino – you’ll only be in Italy for a short time so make the most of every café stop you can. You’ll wish you did once you head home.
Patrizia Pepe. After lunch and coffee, head over to the Patrizia for some shopping (Piazza San Giovanni 12, near the Duomo) and more relaxation. As you walk around you’ll see more and more shopping opportunities. Buy some Italian leather or fine jewelry, it’s all in walking distance. Enjoy people watching and the everyday details of life in Florence.
Like I said before, Florence was our favorite city with the most memories. There is an intangible in this city thacan’t put my finger on. The people seem friendlier, the center is easy to explore and the air ss lighter. Oh, and their bus system is great – very efficient.